‘Human shield’ death sparks debate

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Palestinian witnesses said 19-year-old Nidal Abumuhsein was forced at gunpoint to try and get the senior Hamas militant to surrender.

They said the Israeli army gave him a protective flack jacket and a sniffer dog.

When he knocked on the door he was killed by a burst of bullets, although Tubas residents claim they came from the soldiers, not the house.

The army said it was trying to prevent deaths by having the teenager warn any civilians who may have been inside.

But the Israeli human rights group, B’tselem, strongly condemned the incident as another example of Palestinians being used to shield Israeli forces from potential danger.”